ERIC Number: ED290444
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: N/A
Information Technologies and Basic Learning. Reading, Writing, Science and Mathematics.
Lesgold, Alan M., Ed.
This volume marks the completion of Phase II of the Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI) project of inquiry into the issues inherent in the introduction of new information technologies in education. It summarizes the issues discussed and the recommendations made by four working groups at an international conference, each of which focused on the effects of new information technologies on instruction in one of the four basic skills, i.e., reading, writing, science, and mathematics. Members of these groups included representatives of Australia, Canada, Japan, and the United States as well as various western European nations. Noting the increased pressure on governments to provide better basic skills education, it is suggested that two emerging forces can help to provide a sound basis for the introduction of new technologies into education--inexpensive information processing power, especially computers; and the growing field of cognitive science that can rigorously study, understand, and improve the educational process. Each of the four basic skills is examined in the context of: (1) current instruction; (2) existing information technologies; (3) promising areas of research and prototype development; and (4) the implications of the new technologies. It is recommended that OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) member nations encourage course demonstration and development; reexamine the basic skills curriculum in light of changes brought about by new information technologies; cooperate with other countries to develop software that is both effective and affordable; and encourage research in the cognitive and instructional sciences. The text is supplemented with various figures, a bibliography is provided at the end of each of the four major sections, and a glossary is included. (EW)
Descriptors: Basic Skills, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Software, Developed Nations, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Information Technology, Instructional Improvement, International Cooperation, Mathematics Instruction, Reading Instruction, Research and Development, Science Instruction, Writing (Composition)
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings; Reports - Evaluative
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Authoring Institution: Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, Paris (France). Centre for Educational Research and Innovation.